For Immediate Release
Annie Schugart | 913.449.4933 (Divest Harvard Co-Coordinator and Harvard Student)
Update: Divest Harvard Successfully Stops Business As Usual At Massachusetts and University Hall
Cambridge, MA - Divest Harvard expanded its blockade early Tuesday morning by blocking administrators’ access to all six entrances of University Hall, while maintaining the currently blockaded three doors of Massachusetts Hall. The blockades aim to further escalate pressure on Harvard to divest from fossil fuel companies by stopping business as usual where the President works.
This escalation comes in the wake of a successful first day of Harvard Heat Week when Divest Harvard shut down Massachusetts Hall with the support of 250 students, alumni, staff and faculty members. Alumni staged their own action at the Harvard Alumni Association’s office, pledging to withhold donations until Harvard divests. Twelve alumni remained there overnight and continue to sit in.
Our goal of disrupting business as usual this morning was absolutely met. Administrators were not able to enter either Massachusetts Hall or University Hall, therefore hearing our message loud and clear. Our momentum on campus is also building – with this morning’s action attracting more than 40 student blockaders, as well as staff members who joined throughout the morning. With this morning’s success, blockaders at University Hall joined Divest Harvard’s morning rally at 10am to bring focus to the effects of climate change on people – specifically people who are bearing the disproportionate burdens of climate change. Divest Harvard will join the Fight for 15 rally later this afternoon, which will include a march in solidarity with some of the workers who will bear those disproportionate burdens.
We believe that the power of the fossil fuel industry is the primary obstacle to stopping climate change. Our movement aims to highlight the destructive practices of this industry and to wake up our nation to the most pressing ethical issue of our time.